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Mafia: Inside the Dark Heart: The Rise and Fall of the Sicilian Mafia

3.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  48 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews

Hardcover, 416 pages
Published December 7th 2010 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published March 1st 2008)
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Aug 10, 2013 Thomas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
Mafia: Inside the Dark Heart sheds no new light on its primary subject – the history of the secret criminal society in its native land – and it does even worse when it crosses the Atlantic to explore the genesis of the Mafia in the United States.
Maran’s simplistic view of the American Mafia seems to be based upon myths and misinterpretations. He suggests, for example, that early New Orleans Mafia patron Joseph Macheca was an immigrant (he was born in Louisiana), who ran riverboat casinos (not ev
Aug 11, 2014 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not being a Mafia expert and therefore ill-equipped to assess this book from the standpoint of its factual accuracy I did find several of his general themes to be of interest; specifically: its focus on the Italian rather than the US context; the distinction between the mafia as distinctly Sicilian organization and organized crime in general; the notion of two mafias--an early rule-governed, paternalistic government stand-in in Sicily where protection was not unlike taxation and its more recent ...more
Jan 29, 2015 Poshmoog rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Despite covering what should be engaging subject matter, the writing style of this book renders the topic dull and uninteresting. In fairness, some of the material in the first half isn't completely awful but by the time I reached the later chapters I was losing the will to live. It's written with about as much passion as goes into the average shopping list and is saved from getting one star only by the fact that some of the events and tales told are interesting enough to shine through the mecha ...more
Zeke Chase
Sep 23, 2013 Zeke Chase rated it liked it
Shelves: history
I actually bought this book at the Mob Museum (National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement) in Las Vegas, the same building they held the Kefauver Hearings, and read a good deal into the book wired on a 5-Hour Energy Shot on the flight back.

I must admit I knew very little about the mob prior to that museum and this book. My knowledge was pretty much limited to (the first season of) “Boardwalk Empire” and the occasional Wikipedia search of who, for example, Johnny Torrio was.

This was a
Unreadable. Makes no sense at all and is very amateurish. Bad beyond all human belief. Please avoid.
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Feb 04, 2014 Andrew Whitaker rated it liked it
Good book but left me wanting more information
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